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Ethical Issues in Terminating Representation of a Client in New York

(819 reviews)

Produced on June 29, 2014

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$ 89 Ethics and Law Practice Management In Stock

Course Information

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Join attorney and Lawline faculty Gianpaolo Scarola as he illuminates a tough but important presentation on termination of client representation. Using the New York Model Rules of professional conduct, Mr. Scarola will take attorneys through mandatory, voluntary and permissive withdrawals along with key considerations to "move on from the break up."


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand mandatory withdrawals
  2. Grasp reasons for a voluntary withdrawal by an attorney
  3. Utilize of a retainer agreement for permissive withdrawal
  4. Move on from the break up: issues to consider

This course originally appeared as a part of our June 2014 Bridge the Gap Event.

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Gianpaolo Scarola

Scarola, Benincasa, Mouzakitis

Gianpaolo Scarola is a partner at Scarola, Benincasa & Mouzakitis PLLC. His specialty areas are real estate and business advisement. After working in law firms for over ten years on matters ranging from parking tickets to anti-trust litigation in New York City and as far away as Jackson, Mississippi, Gianpaolo opened his own solo law practice where he spent four years growing his business and reputation. In 2011, after many offers from friends, colleagues and even some adversaries, Gianpaolo founded Scarola, Benincasa & Mouzakitis PLLC. 

In his practice, Gianpaolo has assisted in the formation of countless business entities, advised clients in numerous purchases and sales of businesses and is advisor to local companies throughout the tri-state area. He also represents countless clients in their residential and commercial real estate transactions each year. Gianpaolo sits on the board of directors for both the Hollis Hills Civic Association and the New York City Independent Filmmakers and Actors Association. He has given lectures at The Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, the New York City Bar Association, NYPD Community Outreach Programs, the Long Island Board of Realtors and numerous other civic and philanthropic organizations. Gianpaolo is a graduate of New York University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and was a awarded a Trustees Scholarship and received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law on a full academic scholarship.



Suzanne M.

Good practical course.

Paul N.

Great presentation with practical advice.

Carmella S.

Very good presentation. Although, I knew this-importance of keeping detailed files and logs of attempts to reach unresponsive clients was useful

Megha B.

very practical situations, good advice.

ethan l.

Good conversational accessible speaker with good attitude and examples

Theodore E.

Excellent presentation. Congratulations. Hope I never need the information given.

James C.

very effective and good use of examples from practice

Barbara S.

Good presentation, helpful practical information.

Christopher M.

best lecture this year

Samer Y.

Great course!!!

Michael S.

clear, concise, to the point, interspersed with his personal history. Very nicely done.

Susan G.

He's a great speaker. He can (and does) make any subject interesting.

Tomas E.

Excellent presentation.

John E.

Outstanding and VERY comprehensive seminar. . . Bravo!

Steven S.

The was an overall excellent program. Mr. Scarola is a dynamic speaker who held my attention throughout the program.

Bridget M.

Good speaker with good practical advise.

Tracy M.

Interesting and Informative

Marlon S.

Good, necessary, practical information!

Edward L.

Very well presented lecture

Chris T.

good speaker. knowledgeable about topic.

Valerie W.

Well done. dynamic speaker very informative.

Stephen R.

Good job

Precious A.


Glenn B.

Another important topic, well-presented.

Nosson A.

Very clear

Veronique S.

Fantastic instructor.

Edward C.

Very helpful everyday examples were given that really illustrated the ethical rules being discussed.

Mindi S.

interesting. Speaker was well prepared

James F.

Excellent course, good to know the parameters of this subject

Ronald M.

This is an area with lots of traps for the unwary and some of the rules are counter intuitive so I would definitely recommend this course.

Laura M.

very good course

Bridget B.

Great course!

Karl O.

Good overview.

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